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This is a study of teacher learning on an online course commissioned by an Argentinian University, aimed at in-service language teachers who mainly use transmissive methods, in face-to-face settings. The brief was to raise teachers’ awareness of the potential of web-based technologies for enabling them to deliver interactive, student-centred teaching. To upskill teachers in fulfilment of this brief, a situated learning approach was adopted, and small-group collaboration online was prioritised in the design. The findings show that obstacles to transformation are not teachers’ techno-pedagogical skills. An appreciation of the local context and setting and of institutional cultures are at issue instead.
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